Eddie Mulder West Coast Dirt Track Series Round 5
Mulder’s Magic at Willow Day 1
October 19, 2013 - Willow Springs, CA
Story and Photos by Karen Gould
#1 Brad Baker at
#14 Ted Hubbard honored
#87 Chris Rudy
1 Herb Wolf - 14 Ted
Hubbard Sr Novice Super Senior Start
4 Donnie Howard
Allison Stacey; 10 Brandon Green
7x Grant Holmes - 114 Tyler Raggio - 103 Jacob Cascio
10 Green get 07 Stacey at the checkers for The win
12 Steve Nichols and 84 Jeff Gonzales battle 500
28 Danny Ritchie Prepares the track then rides it
63 Ken Thiebaud and 12E Jeff Lessley Sr
Clayton Williamd - 07 Allison
95 Clayton Williams takes Eddie Mulder for a victory lap
114 Jorgensen - 95 Scaggs - 10 Green Open Amateur
144 David Jorgensen - 95 Susttin
144 David Jorgenson
Jacob Cascio - 2m Michael Hill
250 open- 10 BradonGreen, 87AllisonStacey
Dash for $$ Mees, Bauman, Baker; Halbert, Pearson,
Senior Novice - Super Senior Start
Digger open pro Mees, Bauman, Halbert, Baker
Eddie collect $$ for the dash in rhe riders
Eddie helps the youngsters thank their sponsors
Jared takes Digger for a
Jeff Johnson Really happy with his new Triumph hat
Jodi & Kimmie Sorting awards
Main event podium w Digger & Zimmermans
Mees & Halbert Shake
Season end dinner celebration for the Mulder team
The final two rounds of Eddie Mulder’s West Coast Dirt Track Series
began early Saturday morning October 19, 2013 at Willow Springs Raceway
in Rosamond CA. The weather for Saturday’s race was
extraordinarily beautiful. Upon arrival at the track it was cool,
sweatshirt temperatures. As the day progressed the weather warmed
into the mid-eighties with no wind.
Thanks to the many sponsors and supporters of the West Coast Dirt Track
Series including Digger Helm, the Zimmerman brothers, Triumph of
America, Rod Lake, www.TodaysCycleCoverage.com and S&S Off Road
Magazine, who bring news of the WCDTS events out to the public, Penton
Race Products, Brown’s Cycles, Maxima Racing Oils, Works Performance,
Coventry Spares, Tuff Plates, K&N, Barnett Clutches and Cables, JRC
engineering,and more. At each event there are water bottles, hats,
T-shirts and other goodies all provided by the sponsors and shared with
the riders during the award ceremony. And kudos to the catering
truck. One guy cooking, one guy taking orders. These guys
offered food all day starting with breakfast burritos in the
morning. Best track food ever. Grilled chicken sandwiches,
cheese burgers, French fries made of real potatoes and veggie burgers
for those that didn’t eat meat and all the fixins to go with each
The track, was perfectly groomed and well watered. A 3/8 mile banked
cushion prepared by Danny Richie, was enjoyed by riders young and not
so young with classes from 60cc to the super senior vintage.
Riders traveled from Canada, Michigan, Washington, and all over the
United States to spend the weekend competing on this awesome race
track. An event that only happens twice a year. Once in spring
and once in the fall.
The West Coast Dirt Track Series crew were on site at 7:30 a.m. to be
ready for the rider’s that were eager to get signed in, set up and run
through tech for the 10 a.m. practice session. The riders meeting
informed the riders on the usual rules, postings and laps as well as
information about the series sponsors, where to buy tires at the track
and introduction of some of the pro riders in the house. Brad
Baker, the new 2013 Grand National Champion, Jared Mees, Sammy Halbert,
Mikey Rush, Shayna Texter, Rob Person, Brandon Bergen, the Bauman
brothers, and more. The mystery remains a mystery – where
were all the spectators that missed out on this day of pro racing at
half the cost of attending a national?
Racing began with the Sr. Vintage Class and 8 riders on the line.
Brothers, Ron and Jeff Lessley would finish 1, 2 followed by David
Krohn. The Vet class included 10 riders in 2 rows. Jeff
Johnson took the lead from the green to the checkers. Behind him
Tom Horton held the second spot for the first lap leaving the race with
a mechanical in lap 2 Donnie Howard easily took over the second place
and Jack Jones rounded out the podium. In the Super Sr. combined
class Herb Wolf, Lawrence Bertrand and D-dan McDougall rode all 6 six
laps in that order. McDougall and Bertrand, drove from Calgary
Canada to ride the Willow weekend, enjoying some desert riding on their
way. Grant Holmes, riding his Kawasaki 65 led Jacob Cascio, also aboard
a Kawi 65, for 6 laps of the 65cc Main event finishing first.
Chris Rudy got the hole shot in the Combined classic 500/750 main event
in front of Tom Horton. Rudy rode hard to maintain that front position
aboard his 1962 Harley Davidson 750 for the first two laps but Horton
piloting a Triumph 500 got under Rudy in lap three to finish
first. Behind them Steve Craft riding a 1957 Harley KR 750 was on
the move using five laps to take the third spot from Cary Tanner and
his Mike Haney Triumph T500.
Clayton Williams was giving lessons aboard his Honda CR 85 showing the
class of 7 85cc riders the fast way around this cushion track.
Williams rode all 6 laps far out front but Michael Hill worked the
track and his Honda 85 to maintain his second position Grant Holmes was
no slacker finishing third. Jeff Lesley was back on the track
aboard a 76 Hodaka 250 to ride the Modern 250. Lesley got the
hole shot but Will Ott riding a 75 Yamaha YZ 250 was not having it
taking the lead in lap 4. Mark Davis brought up the rear on his
1980 Boss Honda 250. Jim Lundgren and Steve Craft finished lap one of
the Modern 500 in front. Ron Lessley got around Craft in lap
two. This one finished Lundgren, Lessley, Craft and Gary Swan.
Nine riders lined up for the 250 Open Main. Brandon Green was in
it to win it sliding through the turns and tucking on the straights
putting some ground between himself and his competitors. Clayton
Williams finished lap one in fifth, lap two in third and worked Nolan
Reitz turn to turn through the 5th lap finally taking the second in the
final lap. Reitz finished third.
The 500 Support Class gave Jack Jones his chance to shine. Always
a popular class, 12 riders lined up on the grid. When the Fred
Allen threw the green flag, Jones and Steve Nichols took the front two
spots settling in and riding 1,2 all 6 laps. Third place riders changed
3 times and finally finished with Paul Herman taking third and Jim
Lundgren in fourth.
David Jorgensen got the hole shot and held the lead in the Open
Amateur Main through lap three but Brandon Green, here from Edmonds,
Washington was on his back wheel overtaking Jorgensen in lap
four. Allison Stacey completed all six laps in third and Brandon
Waters finished fourth. Stacey has stepped up her game during the
You know time has moved on when you’re writing about the Sr. Open Main
and the riders are Jeff Johnson and Donnie Howard. Battling in
the the Vet class earlier in the day they were ready for this
one. Off the line it was Johnson followed by Howard and Lloyd
McGregor. Howard was working to catch Johnson when Johnson made
it easy leaving the race with a mechanical in lap four. Howard
slipped into the lead followed by McGreggor and John Lundgren.
The Specialty Fabrications, Inc. $5,000 Dash for Cash riders, Jared
Mees, Briar Bauman, Sammy Halbert, Mikey Rush, Kayle Kolkman and Shayna
Texter lined up for the five lap dash. Bauman got the hole shot with
Halbert on his wheel. Mees followed in third followed by
Rush. Halbert and Bauman rode side by side down the back straight
in laps two and three, changed places for the lead in lap four and
Halbert finally made the pass stick for the money in the final lap.
Seven riders gave it their all in the Open Pro semi. Robert
Person, Briar Bauman and Austin Helmholtz finished one, two, three for
a place in the 15 rider Digger Open Pro event. On the front row
were Bauman, Mees, Halbert, Kolkman, Texter and Rush and they all had
their eyes on Diggers $8,000 purse. Kolkman took the lead off the
line flanked on each side by Halbert and Mees. Entering turn one
Mees was in front with Kolkman, Halbert and Bauman following.
Baker was in the fifth. Halbert got the lead and his bike engine blew
allowing Mees to go Into the second lap in front followed by
Baker, Bauman and Kolkman following a battle on the back stretch
between Baker and Bauman. Settled into positions Mees, Baker, Bauman
and Kolkman rode the remaining laps in that order to the finish. Rush
finished fifth followed by Texter and Pearson.
As always the day ended with awards and a beer, goodies, gifts and
money to the riders and a wonderful celebration of the season for the
Mulder crew at the local Mexican restaurant.
Eddie and Jodi Mulder and their crew give a huge thank you to the
riders, sponsors, supporters and fans that came out to help make
another great day of racing!
1. Jeff Lessley; 2. Ron Lessley; 3. David Krohn; 4.
Steve Craft; 5. David Ehrhart; 6. Tim Watter; 7. Lawrence Bertrand; 8.
1. Herb Wolff; 2. Lawrence Bertrand; 3. D-dan
McDougall; 4. Fred Berger; 5. Wayne Sumner; 6. Alan Hayden; 7. Wm
Morgan; 8. Ted Hubbard; 9. Charles Caspary
1. Grant Holmes; 2. Jacob Cascio
Classic 500 750sv
1. Tom Horton; 2. Chris Rudy; 3. Steve Craft; 4. Cary Tanner; 5. James Kohls; 6. Matt Campbell
1. Jeff Johnson; 2. Donnie Howard; 3. Jack Jones; 4.
Robert Bush; 5. Larry Earhart; 6. John Lundgren; 7. Will Ott; 8.
Brandon Watters; 9 Gary Ritchie; 10. Ron Buccieri; 11. Tom Horton
1. Mark LaDue
1. Fred Berger
1. Clayton Williams; 2. Michael Hill; 3. Grant
Holmes; 4. Tanner Dean; 5. Jacob Cascio; 6. Noah Bush; 7. Jessy Krohn
1. Brandon Green; 2. Clayton Williams; 3. Nolan
Reitz; 4. Evan Hill; 5. Jace Callison; 6. Sean Neeney; 7. Michael Hill;
8. Tanner Dean; 9. Jaycee Jones; 10. Allison Stacey
1. Will Ott; 2. Jeff Lessley; 3. Mark Davis; 4. Tom Horton
1. Jim Lundgren; 2. Ron Lessley; 3. Steve Craft; 4. Gary Swan
1. Tom Horton; 2. Dylan Morin; 3. Robert Bush; 4. Lloyd McGregor
1. Jack Jones; 2. Steve Nichols; 3. Paul Herman; 4.
Jim Lundgren; 5. Jeff Gonzales; 6. Robert Morris; 7. Gary Ritchie; 8.
Cary Tanner; 9. Mark LaDue; 10. Mike Fowler; 11. Justin Barnett; 12.
1. Brandon Green; 2. David Jorgensen; 3. Allison
Stacey; 4. Brandon Waters; 5. Casey Cahoon; 6. Jace Callison; 7. Evan
Hill; 8. Parker Earhart; 9. Dillon Allen; 10. Sean Heeney
1. Donnie Howard; 2. Lloyd McGregor; 3. John Lundgen;
4. Robert Morris; 5. Larry Earhart; 6. Donnie Darrah; 7. Greg Powell;
8. Mike Boal; 9. Mike Fowler; 10. Jeff Johnson; 11. Steve Nichols
Digger Open Pro
1. Jared Mees; 2. Brad Baker; 3. Briar Bauman; 4.
Kayl Kolkman; 5. Mike Rush; 6. Shayna Texter; 7. Robert Pearson; 8.
Mikal Martin; 9. Dylan Morin; 10. Brandon Bergen; 11. Nick Armstrong
Story and Photos by Karen Gould